Now here we are on June 19, the Yankees have swept – so far – their way through most of the NL East with a reckless abandon, winning three series in a row via the sweep and are in the midst of a 10-game winning streak.
That’s fine and dandy for Yankees fan, right? Wrong.
Apparently, now this feat isn’t a big deal because the NL East is now suddenly being characterized as inept. Say what now?
Every team the Yankees have beaten – the Mets, the Braves and the Nats – has a record over .500. It’s not like they’re playing teams who are 20 games under .500 like, oh I don’t know, the Red Sox did this weekend. (They played a three game set against the Cubs and still managed to lose one game.) But is anyone saying anything about that? No.
It’s all about the Yankees and the NL East’s abrupt case of “ineptitude.”
Steve Silverman wrote this piece for CBS New York’s Local Website in which he tells Yankee fans not to get too happy about the winning streak. He talks down to them, tells them games will get tougher once interleague is over and well, he basically – for lack of a better word – craps all over the past ten games.
Is that really necessary? No.
And is it entirely true? No.
This streak by the Yankees began before their stretch of games against the NL East. Dating back to May 22, the Yankees are 20-4 and if I recall correctly they didn’t play the NL East back then. Oh and right before they played the Mets, they won two of three from their Division rival the Tampa Bay Rays. But I guess that series doesn’t count either?
We know the Yankees aren’t going to play at this level the rest of the season – big thanks to Captain Obvious for that nugget of information. We know it’s impossible to go undefeated for 90+ games but why rain on our parade? When did it become a problem to enjoy when our favorite team is doing well?
I’m just going to enjoy this run by the boys in Pinstripes and Steve Silverman can continue writing silly articles.